Creating Space for Success and Vitality
Cause and Effect

There's nothing quite so decadent to me as the rich, robust flavor of an uber dark chocolate-I'm talking 72-90% + cacao.  That dark slightly bitter combined with the creamy texture as it melts, followed by the deep version of other sweetness.
I know...
It may be wrong to love an inanimate object, but I simply can't help myself.  I adore dark chocolate.
As many of you know, I recently uncovered some pretty major food allergies.  In the simplifying of my diet, I've been enjoying plenty of fresh, vibrant vegetables, grains, and fabulous fish, "clean" proteins and hardly any processed's just easier that way to avoid trace amounts of gluten and dairy (and avoid getting sick).
The result---a clearing of so many symptoms-it's been amazing!  It is like stepping into someone else's life and energy.  Smooth, non-itchy skin, improved digestion, steady moods, consistent energy, clear mind and vision (hardly any more dizziness).  However, there are still some lingering symptoms which caused me to look deeper.
In this process, I'm learning something so valuable in my life.  When possible I remind myself that all I know it what's true right now, in this moment.  I'm trying not to focus on words like "forever" and instead trust in the unfolding and the guidance of my body.  When I discover foods that don't seem to work (right now) I let them go.
However, I recently discovered that within moments of eating the "cleanest" dark chocolate I can find, I start to feel pressure in my right gland, weird pain in my right ear and eye...which one day turned into a migraine.  Crud.
Choices, choices, choices
When we pay close attention to Cause and Effect in our lives, it doesn't take long to unveil depleting patterns.  However, often times, we'd rather not know.  We'd rather not have to give something up.  Well you don't have to.  And I don't have to give up chocolate.
However, despite the fact that it is my favorite  food, when just one square gives me pain, makes me feel spacey or depletes my energy, I simply can't do it.  I want to cry a little (really) when I think about not enjoying that experience of chocolate.  However-when I fast-forward to the effect, it is clear, that when I choose chocolate, I choose to feel badly.  To pretend that when I choose chocolate, I'm choosing bliss is inaccurate and short-sighted.
I'm devoted to being the very best version of myself, to loving my life, to thriving and living my potential.  And if it means letting go of some things in my life (temporarily or permanently), then I'll do it.  I want the big juicy life that awaits me when I'm my most vital self.  Not the 2 minutes of fabulous mouth-feel of chocolate.  My life is so much more than that.
When I choose to release what is out of alignment with my life vision, I create space for success and vitality.  Otherwise it is simply too crowded for something new to blossom.
The next time you take a look at cause and effect in your life, whether it is who you choose to spend time with, what you spend time doing, what you put in your body, consider if these choices move you towards who you most wish to be in your life.  Then you can decide whether you wish to make choices that bring you closer to the YOU that you are committed to or to stay in a pattern that keeps you right where you are.
Take it from me, it's worth it.  (Though there will always be a special place in my heart for all I'm releasing, especially chocolate.)
Wishing you great gumption for all you desire,

About Robin:
Robin Peglow Berg of is a Life Fulfillment Strategist --a consultant, coach and speaker devoted to guiding others to have the courage to live a fulfilling life with soul. 

She shows highly driven, successful women entrepreneurs and biz leaders how to create a new model for success that is energizing, deeply meaningful and helps them to thrive no matter what.  She applies 10 years of coaching, consulting and speaking to craft strategic programs for long term success.